IPLAC Educational Foundation
2011 Scholarship Recipients

Moriah Elusta
Ronald J. LaPorte Memorial Scholarship*

Moriah Elusta is a Senior at William J. Bogan High School where she is #1 in her class and valedictorian with a 5.16 grade point average in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. She is also attending after school classes at Richard J. Daley College, where she will complete 30 hours of general education courses by summer’s end. In addition to her outstanding academic record, Moriah placed in the top 10 in the BP Science Essay Contest, won the environmental HOPE Award for her science fair project, is a Math Scholar and member of the National Honor Society, Book Club, Math Club, Science Club, Physics Club, Latin American Club and Spirit Club, won the Literary Award for poetry, and is on the Student Council and yearbook staff. She has also participated in over 200 hours of community service volunteer projects, such as Deborah’s Place, Build On Community Service Club (Community Service Award and Church Youth Leader Award), After School Matters tutoring, charitable fundraising, beach clean-ups, food drives and tree-planting. In her spare time, she plays tennis, draws and paints, and writes poetry and short stories. Moriah plans to attend St. Xavier University of University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago this fall as a biochemistry student, looking for a career in pharmacology. She is a recipient of the first annual Ronald J. LaPorte Memorial Scholarship, endowed by Jill LaPorte in memory of her husband, IPLAC’s 108th President.

*The Ronald J. LaPorte Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of IPLAC’s 108th President by his widow, Jill LaPorte. Mr. LaPorte was retired from Kraft Foods. This scholarship will be awarded annually by the IPLAC Educational Foundation in the amount of $5,000. The 2011 award is being made to Moriah Elusta of William J. Bogan High School.